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    December 10, 2012
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>> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering specialized solutions and capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailored solutions for small businesses and major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> hello. welcome to "gmt." \two people -- two people face up to the consequences of inaction they assumed to be funny. the nurse to take the -- took the precaution -- prank call died. >> i'm very sorry for the
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family. i cannot imagine what i would be going through. >> gutted, shattered, heartbroken. >> in tahrir square, egypt's opposition says it will stand firm against a controversial referendum on a new constitution. the president orders the military to maintain security. the opposition rejects accusations that it is involved in a conspiracy against the elected president. >> why should we make the people swallow a constitution that could have been much better and should have been much better? >> they lived in a world of their own. two years on, we are back in tunisia where the arab uprisings began. we see the opulence that angered
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so many. it is midday in london. sydney, home to the radio station whose prank call has caused such tragedy. two radio personalities persuaded two blundered nurses -- london nurses to give them information over the phone. one of the nurses is now dead. presenters are giving their reaction and their account of the call they made. let's go to duncan kennedy, joining us from sydney. >> in many ways, this was a very difficult interview for these two to carry out. it was too full. it was emotional. not surprisingly, they have been receiving counseling because of
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all the public anger directed at them. they said they wanted to tell their story. more importantly, they wanted to say sorry. >> today, michael christian and mel greig are two yong people under intense -- two young people under intense pressure. >> emerging after days in hiding to give their version e theirvents. in a raw -- version of events. in a raw and tearful interview, they said they were guided by what had happened -- gutted by what had happened, the death of jacintha saldanha. >> we could not see this happening. >> do you feel sick now that you were saying this was a highlight of your career, you are excited about getting a call through to get to this moment?
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>> we could not foresee what was going to happen in the future. >> the two disc jockeys said it was others at their radio station who took the decision to broadcast the phone call where they claimed to be the queen and prince charles, saying they expected the hospital to hang up on them after 30 seconds. >> it was designed to be stupid. we were never meant to get that far. we wanted it to be a joke. >> the joke was always on us, not anyone else. it was not about trying to fool someone. with the voices that we put on, we knew we were going to get hold off, and that was the gag -- get told off, and that was the gag. >> staff called the london hospital five times to get permission to broadcast the phone call. the station said it followed procedures and that the debt could not have been foreseen -- the death could not have been
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foreseen. it will now be up to mrs. saldanha's family to except the presenter is -- to accept the presenters' explanations and apologies. >> the presenters did not tell us whose idea it was in the first place to make this prank call. they did not tell us whose idea it was or whose authorization it was to broadcast this. these are the -- these are the kinds of questions that will likely be asked during the inquiry that will be underway. those are the kinds of questions the british police will want answered at some people in the future -- some point in the future. >> a fair degree of outrage. any sympathy for these two, nonetheless? >> on two fronts. there are 1 are two -- one or
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two newspapers. there was one opinion poll -- 11,000 australians were asked what they thought. 2,000 said they thought the deejays had been treated unfairly. there was a great outpouring of anger directed at them. it is now being rolled back a little bit. people are thinking about this a little bit more. these two presenters just wanted to get their stories -- to present themselves almost as human beings, as well as to get across that apology, to try to order the debate and get people to understand what happened. they wanted to get across three messages -- one that it was an accident, secondly, that it was not malicious, and thirdly, they want to get their apology across for the families to either accept or reject that -- that.
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>> we will have a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world today. when the arab uprising began in tunisia near the two years ago, no one could have foreseen its effects across the world. a number of countries are still trying to settle into new systems of government. in egypt, the new political system is facing a crisis. the main opposition coalition has called for mass protests on tuesday. that is is by president morsi's decision to annul a decree which gave him sweeping powers. there was a plan -- they want him to drop plans for referendum on a new constitution as well. >> [no audio] this was the place where defiance against the dictator to cold. the activists all around here -- took hold. the activists are all around here. the target of their defiance is
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an elected president. what they are worried about is this new constitution that was it sped through a process and the referendum on it that is due to be held. the president, mohamed morsi, says it will be held on saturday. the opposition says it will stand firm. it does not want the referendum. it thinks the constitution is a flawed document. george.fraid we lost we will try to get him back. one of the opposition leaders has been speaking about the situation. we can hear what he had to say. >> we are not aiming at topping -- toppling the president. we are not aiming at challenge in the sovereignty of the state. we're not aiming at doing anything that would lead to disintegration of the state. no. why should we make the people swallow a constitution that could have been much better and
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should have been much better? >> george is back with us. let's have another go. >> the argument over this referendum over the constitution means that politics is always to the fore. politics is what grabs the headlines. there is another story we could tell about egypt, the story of economic life, life for ordinary people here. they say political uncertainty is leading to economic hardship. this is what i have been finding out. if it is broken, we can fix it -- that is the boast of these workshops here in downtown cairo. between them, the car mechanics can take a wreck, strip it down, and rebuild it. each one specializes in something different, but business is bad these days. customers are holding off on their essential repairs. there used to be a steady flow of cars here. now it is down to just a trickle.
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this body workshop -- a year ago, it was employing seven people. now it is down to just two. the other five have joined at great army of the unemployed -- joined that great army of the unemployed. they say they would take a little less political freedom if it meant more in their pockets. ask anyone who shops at cairo's markets and they will tell you the cost of living has gone up since the revolution. the tomatoes into just about every egyptian-. it has doubled -- egyptian dish. it has doubled in price. people were not expecting a miracle, but they certainly did not think their lives were going to get tougher. about one in four people is unemployed. young people, the very people who manned the barricades during the uprising. there is a real sense that the politicians have forgotten what the revolution was all about --
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egypt and its people. >> let's discuss some of this. the movement, april the sixth movement, very much a part of the uprising. you are being accused by many of the president's supporters of being part of a conspiracy now to unseat a man who was elected by the people of egypt just five months ago. >> he was ejected -- elected by the egyptian people a few months ago. he was elected to save the country, but he did not do that. president mohamed morsi divided the egyptians into two parts. there is a president, a regime which supports him.
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but all the egyptian people do not support president morsi. >> for the opposition, there is a very real challenge coming up on saturday. you've got to decide whether you are going to take part in this referendum. the president said it will happen. are you going to urge your supporters to take part in it and saying no? -- say no? >> we urge people to refuse this constitution. >> are you going to take part in the referendum? >> we encourage the egyptian people to say no to this constitution. >> does that mean you want them to take part in the referendum or to boycott the referendum? >> we take part and say no to this constitution. for the sake of this country, for the future of this country, we hope that the egyptian people refuse this constitution because it does not achieve our hopes. >> and do you think this kind of
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activism is the right kind of activism, given that we are now in a new era in egypt? >> the president did not give us the chance. all the people in the square refused -- in the square, which use this constitution. -- refuse this constitution. he does not listen. what can we do? >> we have to leave it there. thank you very much. we are getting reporting from around the region. the fact is that, nearly two years since the uprisings in the arab world began -- they started in tunisia, driven by anger over the rich and opulent lifestyles of people around the president and his cohorts. our special correspondent has
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had a glimpse into that luxury lifestyle that was enjoyed by tunisia's elite. >> a stunning view of the mediterranean -- you need money or power to afford to live here. the president had both. we are trying to show you at least one of the floors in one of the grand palaces, which will go on sale. this is a more intimate corner. how to use the television remote. several copies of the holy koran. and a book on carla burning -- carla bruni, the former french first lady. a huge and formal drawing room for entertaining, but there is lots of personal mementos, too. come and see the photographs of
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the family. the president, his second wife, their last child, his only son. he also had five daughters. all covered up now. and all this will go on sale, including this glittering collection of prayer beads or worry beads, as they are sometimes known, crystal, gold en candles. ivory, jade, even a desert scene all in gold. but this must be for adults. if you have six children, you need a place for them, too. look at display room. lots of toys -- at this play room.
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lots of toys, including a special car for his son. >> well, there is lots more insight into the arab uprisings two years on and that is on our website. bbc.com/arabuprising. the next 24 hours are going to be crucial. both sides of the argument, the president's supporters and the activists, the kind of people around me here in tahrir square -- they both said they are going to organize huge marches both here and around the presidential palace tomorrow, tuesday. it looks as if there is a collision course. it has to be resolved by next saturday, which is when the president says he is still determined to hold that referendum. back to you in london. >> still to come, we have a summary of the rest of the day's main stories.
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and we will be here with the business. also -- >> ♪ mi corazon ♪ >> she delighted millions of fans with her songs of troubled love. mexicans are mourning the death of la diva. to ghana and president john mahama has been declared the winner of friday's election, but the opposition says the poll was fraudulent. it will meet on tuesday to decide the way forward. >> even before the results were announced, projection that john mahama had won the election led to protests on the streets of accra. the main opposition in ghana has accused the governing congress of conspiring with the electoral commission to fix the polls -- a claim rejected by the ndc. security was tight as the results were made official.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, based on the results herein, i declare john mahama president elect. [applause] >> this election was trouble even before the claims of vote tampering. glitches with the new fingerprinting system meant that friday's poll had to be extended into saturday in some parts of the country. observers said the election passed off largely peacefully. mr. mahama was ghana's vice president until the unexpected death of the president's in -- president in july. he paid tribute to the leader's qualities. now his own time as leader is to be extended, and his supporters are jubilant, but their
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celebrations could be short- lived if the dispute over ghana's election results destabilize the country which boasts one of the world's fastest-growing economies and is regarded as one of africa's most well-established democracies. >> this is "gmt." these are the headlines. two australian radio presenters who made a hoax call to the london hospital treating prince william's pregnant wife say they are heartbroken by the death of a nurse caught up in that print. -- prank. egypt'spposition -- oppositions say the process will go on, but they stopped short of calling for a boycott -- the protest will go on, but they stopped short of calling for a boycott.
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>> start with italy's silvio berlusconi, the announce that he will make a fresh bid for government and mario monti possibly exit in -- this has the markets very worried. the cost of borrowing for the italian government was 7.5%. it's one of the reasons silvio berlusconi was outed. mario monti came in as the leader of this technocrat government. he had to walk a tightrope. he had to calm the market. he did that. the cost of borrowing came down. the markets and investors look at this uncertainty and they are all over the place. the cost of borrowing is on the way up, and the market has fallen. the main one is down by 3.5%. some of the banks have fallen by six. -- 6%. >> this crisis has always been a crisis of confidence. lately, confidence has improved. markets are doing much better. the ec become a bureau -- the
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central bank has improved -- the ec beet -- the ecb has improved. we could see up. -- a period of nervousness again. clearly, this is not a good development. >> it is all about the same issue -- austerity and taxes. >> la grande sortie. the exit of their rich friends who are getting out -- of the rich french who are getting out. anybody earning over 75 million -- over 1 million euros paying 75%. >> your political determination determines your point of view. there are plenty of people staying behind saying, we
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believe we have benefited from the french system of infrastructure and social benefits and so on. there are those who also said that there is a culture of hating wealth. we have always despised the people who are wealthy. i suspect most people are pretty worried about this. >> saying most people are worried. they look at the outside world and they worry that france will become uncompetitive. >> understandable. the number of people killed in the philippines is continuing to rise nearly a week after typhoon botha struck the country. hundreds are still missing. >> behind me is one of the only house is that is still standing
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in this area -- the only houses that is still outstanding in this area. the mud came all the way down from the mountains, crashing into this area. in some cases, whole villages have been obliterated. very difficult to imagine they were even there. we are now almost a week after the typhoon. you can still less -- still smell that the bodies have not all been found. i found people looking through the lists of the missing. there are hundreds missing in this area alone. one by one, bodies are being brought in. sadly, most of the missing are now dead. >> the former south african president, nelson mandela, has been the second night in hospital in pretoria. he is 94 now. he is been -- has been having tests. he was visited by president jacob zuma, who said he was
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looking well. there was a collapse. television building was badly designed -- the inquiry said the canterbury television building was badly designed and should not have been approved. the greatest number of court -- goals scored during a calendar year -- the record broken by lionel messi. he beat the record set by gerd mueller in 1972. deep shock for the millions of fans of mexican-american singer jenni rivera, killed in a plane crash in mexico at the age of 43. she was flying from monterrey to toluca on saturday. >> ♪ mi corazon
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>> she sold more than 20 million records. the news broke that a plane carrying mexican-american singer jenni rivera had crashed. outside of her home in lakewood, california, her family gathered. they are devastated. as news spreads of the singer's death, neighbors, friends, and fans began to arrive. >> we bought tickets to a concert for christmas. now i will never be able to see her. >> she was very humble, like any other person, just like us. she was a star, but she was very humble in her heart -- a great human being. >> the 43-year-old and six other passengers and crew boarded a plane after performing at a concert. aviation officials contacted the plane 10 minutes after takeoff. at the crash site, officials said they found no survivors.
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the 43-year-old won several awards and had grammy nominations, but her family says it was her charity work with cancer patients that was so close to her heart. as investigations began in full, finding out what happened will be little solace for the five children she leaves behind. >> jenni rivera has died at the age of 43. that's it for the moment. stay with us on "bbc world news." a lot more to come. >> makes sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation,
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and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to understand the industry you operate in, working to nurture new ventures and help provide capital for key strategic decisions. we offer expertise and tailored solutions in a wide range of industries. what can we do for you? >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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